Current Government Affairs Issues

Stay current with the most recent and pressing issues affecting our industry.

Missouri Legislative Wrap-Up

Posted on May 20, 2016

The Missouri Legislature adjourned Friday, May 13 after a fairly busy session.  It has been defined by what did not pass as much as by the bills that actually reached the Governor’s desk.  Prominent initiatives that faile...

DOL Overtime Rule to Take Effect Dec. 1

Posted on May 18, 2016

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has released its final overtime rule, which doubles the current overtime salary limit of $23,660 to $47,476.  NAHB strongly condemned the regulation, stating that it will cause major harm t...

Government Regulations Prove Costly for Home Builders

Posted on May 11, 2016

A new NAHB study shows that, on average, government regulations account for 24.3% of the final price of a new single-family home.  Three-fifths of the regulatory costs – 14.6% of the final house price – is due to a highe...

Kansas Legislative Wrap-Up

Posted on May 5, 2016

The Kansas Legislature adjourned at 3:28am on Monday, May 2 after its shortest session in 42 years.  The most pressing issues this year were addressing the budget shortfall and handling fluctuating revenue reports.  While l...

Restrictions Loosened Regarding Long-Eared Bat

Posted on May 4, 2016

Last week the National Fish and Wildlife Service determined that it’s “not prudent” to designate any “critical habitat” within the 32-state range of the endangered northern long-eared bat. The decision brings an end...

Consequences of the DOL Overtime Rule

Posted on May 3, 2016

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has been working to revise current overtime laws, releasing a draft regulation last year that would increase the federal overtime salary threshold from the current $23,660 to $50,440.  The ...

Minor Increases for KC Water Permits

Posted on April 28, 2016

New prices for meters and permits are set to take effect May 2, 2016 in the Kansas City Water Services Department.  This is the first increase in several years, and the changes are relatively minor.  The chart below shows ...

Missouri Legislative Day

Posted on April 19, 2016

On Tuesday, April 5, HBA members and staff traveled to Jefferson City for Missouri Legislative Day, an annual trip to the Capitol to meet face to face with state legislators.  The day provides an opportunity to maintain rela...

Kansas Area Council: An Update on Johnson County

Posted on March 24, 2016

Over 50 HBA members gathered on March 23 at the Brookridge Country Club for the first quarter Kansas Area Council meeting.  Speakers included Mark Wassom, the new Chief Building Official of Olathe and Ed Eilert, Chairman of ...

HBA Host OSHA Training Course

Posted on March 14, 2016

Occupational Safety and Health Administration Compliance Officer Todd Sieleman recently led a three-hour training course at the HBA.  He discussed local findings by OSHA as well as current regulations, enforcement, and upcom...